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WA Court Hears Of Claremont-Accused’s 'Prior Attack'

The accused Claremont serial killer had a longstanding fetish for women's underwear and apologised after attacking a social worker at a Perth hospital, a pre-trial hearing has heard.

Bradley Robert Edwards, 50, is charged with the murders of Ciara Glennon, 27, Jane Rimmer, 23, and 18-year-old Sarah Spiers between 1996 and 1997, as well as two separate sexual offences in 1988 and 1995.

Prosecutor Carmel Barbagallo said in 1990 Edwards was working for Telstra when he attacked the Hollywood Hospital social worker from behind, putting material over her mouth and attempting to drag her into nearby toilets, but she broke free.

Cable ties were found in his pocket and he later apologised, Ms Barbagallo told the Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Edwards was convicted for the hospital attack.

During the alleged "Huntingdale prowler" offences two years earlier in 1988, Edwards was aged 19 and living with his family in the area when women's garments were stolen from a clothesline, including a silk kimono.

A series of crimes were committed or attempted within a one kilometre radius of his home by a man wearing clothing with similar to the kimono, Ms Barbagallo said.

The DNA profile recovered from the kimono, which was left behind after one crime, allegedly matched Edwards.

Ms Barbagallo said he had a longstanding fetish for women's underwear.

In February 1995, a 17-year-old girl was walking alone after a night out in Claremont when she was grabbed from behind, pushed to the ground, had her hands bound with a cord and fabric forced into her mouth.

She was carried to a vehicle and taken to an area of Karrakatta cemetery where she was sexually assaulted in "various ways".

"He was a complete stranger to her," Ms Barbagallo said.

The girl eventually made her way to Hollywood Hospital where a security guard allegedly saw a vehicle with telco markings drive past.

Ms Barbagallo said there were also a series of other incidents between 1995 and 1997 where a man, who was in a Telstra vehicle or identified himself as a Telstra employee, approached young women who were alone.

During one incident, the man offered a woman a lift and told her he was "looking for damsels in distress" like her.

He tried to kiss her but was rejected.

Ms Barbagallo said the night Ms Spiers disappeared in January 1996, a witness heard "blood curdling screams".

She said it was not known how Ms Spiers was killed or where her body was dumped.

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Sarah Spiers, Ciara Glennon and Jane Rimmer

The night Ms Rimmer disappeared in June 1996, a high-pitched scream was also heard.

A knife found in the area where her body was recovered 55 days later, was similar to knives issued to Telstra workers.

A post-mortem could not determine Ms Rimmer's cause of death due to the decomposition of her body, but fibres found on her matched those from a vehicle Edwards had access to at the time.

Ms Glennon disappeared in March 1997 and her body was found 18 days later.

Fibres found in her hair also matched the vehicle, which police seized in December 2016.

The pre-trial hearing is aimed at determining the admissibility of some evidence for the judge-alone trial, due to start on July 22.

AAP

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